Sony is moving forward with the development of the upcoming movie Madame Web, which will be set in their Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, previously known as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. Previously, Dakota Johnson signed on to star as the titular character, and Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney now joined the cast in an undisclosed role, Deadline has learned.
Madame Web will be the first female-centric movie of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. The franchise kicked off with 2018’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, who reprised the role in last year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and MCU’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, which briefly connected those two universes, as well as other parts of Marvel Multiverse (Raimiverse and Webbverse). Morbius will be the third official movie of the franchise, and after seven delays, it will be released on April 1, 2022.
Although it was announced that Venom 3 is also in early development, the upcoming movies Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web are currently what’s Sony focused on. Avengers: Age of Ultron star Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the titular role in Kraven the Hunter, which is set to be released in January next year. Alessandro Nivola, Ariana DeBose, Christopher Abbott, Fred Hechinger, and Russell Crowe are also confirmed to star.
The Madame Web movie has been in development since 2019, and Dakota Johnson, who will play the titular character, and Sydney Sweeney are currently the only stars confirmed for the movie. The release date is also unknown.
In Marvel Comics, Madame Web is known as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis who is connected to a spider web-looking life-support system. Considering that 32-year-old Johnson was cast to play the character, it is expected that Madame Web will be depicted as a totally different character than she is in the comic books.
With only two movies set in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe released so far, the franchise grossed $1,358 billion worldwide. We’ll see how much will Morbius add to that number, as well as Kraven the Hunter and Madame Web.